Policy and Advocacy

The world's population is ageing at an accelerated rate. Declining fertility rates and improvements in life expectancy over the latter half of the 20th century have produced dramatic growth in the world's elderly population. As a consequence, the burden of osteoporosis and bone, muscle and joint disorders is increasing markedly.  

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) works to influence policy makers when they create law, distribute resources, and make other decisions related to bone, muscle and joint health. IOF’s goal is to promote prevention, while increasing accessibility to the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and bone, muscle and joint disorders.

IOF collaborates with national societies and organizations active in the field of bone, muscle and joint health to raise awareness amongst policy makers, and to educate healthcare professionals and the public. At an international level, the IOF has been granted Roster Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and it organizes policy events and supports the development of national economic white papers. 

Policy change successes include:

Our Bone Health Advocates

Pilin Leon, Miss Venezuela y Miss Mundo 1981.

Muchísimas más mujeres adquieren osteoporosis que cáncer de seno. Desde mi experiencia como Miss Venezuela y Miss Mundo, noto que ahora las niñas están mucho más delgadas. Una de las cosas que hay que hacer, aparte de alimentarse bien es hacer ejercicio, con caminar varias veces a la semana o bailar que es una cosa muy rica, puedes ayudar a tus huesos!